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Rain delay makes for heightened afternoon action at USATF Youth Outdoors


LISLE, Illinois -- Fast preliminary heats and inclement weather highlighted Wednesday’s events at USATF National Youth Outdoor Championships at Benedictine University.

A rain delay paused competition for two hours in the late morning, with events resuming on a rolling schedule by 2 p.m. In addition, the first round of 4x400m relays were scratched for the finals on Friday. Click here for a full schedule.

In the first round of Day 3 field events, Mayan Stickel (Indianapolis, Indiana) won the girls’ 13-14 high jump by clearing 1.45m/4-9.

Women’s 17-18 long jump winner Breana Gambrell (Sayre, Pennsylvania) boasted the first upset of the day when she snatched the lead away from Imani Carothers (Hazel Crest, Illinois) on her final attempt. Gambrell, who finished seventh at last week’s USATF Junior Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, took top honors with a jump of 5.79m/19-0. Younger brother Benjamin Gambrell IV (Sayre, Pennsylvania) took home gold in the boys’ 13-14 triple jump with a jump of 11.10m/36-5 (-2.1 m/s).

Mick Swanson (Chicago, Illinois) delivered the winning men’s 17-18 discus throw on his final attempt, throwing the farthest distance of 44.50m/146-0. Second place’s Benjamin Litwin (Algonquin, Illinois) led the competition for the first four throws after his first attempt of 43.81m/148-8.

Following the rain delay, athletes pushed in the first round of 800m heats as if they were the finals with several close finishes and last-minute upsets taking place across age groups.

LeeAaron Berks (Lincoln, Nebraska) of Peak Performance Track Club took the lead in the boys’ 15-16 race in the final lap, barely edging out second and third place in 2:03.06. All top three finishers crossed the line within one second of each other.

The 200m prelims continued to ratchet the excitement as the crowd cheered with each passing heat.   

Boys’ 13-14 200m concluded with the top four finishers coming in within one second of each other, led by Tretavious Knox (Omaha, Nebraska) in 23.15.

Watch on demand video of today’s events on USATF.TV+ and click here for full results. Live coverage of Day 4 on USATF.TV+ begins Thursday at 8 a.m. CT with 1500m finals.

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